Does any Hadith state that one should endeavour to spend night of 1st Shawwal (night of ‘Eidul Fitr) in ‘ibadah. Also, please point out to its authenticity.
There are a few Hadiths that encourage ‘ibadah on the nights preceding the two ‘Eids. Here under is one of them:
Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said,
The heart of the person who remains awake (in ‘ibadah), desirous of attaining the promised rewards from Allah Ta’ala, during the night of ‘Eidul Fitr and ‘Eidul Adha will not die on the day when (spiritual) hearts will be dead.
(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1782)
‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain weak, but well supported.
(Misbahuz Zujajah, Hadith: 645)
Despite its weakness, it is suitable for practice, especially since there are other supports for this, as ‘Allamah Busiri has clearly pointed out.
Also refer: Targhib, Hadith: 1614-1616.
Hafiz Ibn Rajab Al-Hambaly (rahimahullah) has cited Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) to have said:
“I have heard that du’as are accepted by Almighty Allah on five nights:
1) The night of Jumu’ah,
2 and 3) The nights of the two ‘Eids,
4) The first night of Rajab,
5) The middle (15th) night of Sha’ban,
(Lataiful Ma’arif, pg. 196)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar